Johnny Manziel Says His Football Career Is in the Past

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Johnny Manziel has left “Johnny Football” behind him.

Manziel hasn’t officially announced his retirement, but in a recent interview with the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, the signal-caller said he would characterize his football career as in the past, adding "I've finally got to a point where I'm trying to achieve happiness in life, not happiness on the football field.”

The Heisman Trophy winner was drafted 22nd overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2014 but the team cut ties after two seasons as the quarterback struggled with poor play on the field... and off the field issues including a domestic assault charge. 

He spent a year playing in the CFL for the Hamilton Tiger Cats and Montreal Alouettes, but after violating an eligibility agreement, he was banned from the league. Manziel last played professional football with the Alliance of American Football's Memphis Express in March 2019 before the league folded.